After a day, the one on my arm had formed a little whitehead, so I pushed it out and then thought that would be the end of it.
But, by Friday, the bite was so infected that it had puffed my arm up. The whole arm was hot and I was getting nervous.
|Here is a very bad phone picture of my swollen arm...you can't really see how big and red it was...but you get the idea|
I was on the antibiotic for a few days and the swelling and soreness had gone down some, when I decided it would be worth a try to get some of the infection out. So, I started pressing, and it started draining like crazy. But, the weird part was, there was this hard thing that started pressing out of the hole...so I got some tweezers and started to pull it out. Seriously, there was this "thing" in my arm that was about a quarter of an inch long. I'm guessing it was a larvae of some sort. When I pulled it out, it left this hole in my arm. I had to have it bandaged for two days before it stopped seeping and the hole closed up enough to leave it unbandaged. So gross
|The hole that was left when I pulled out the "thing" from inside|
As we say here...TIA...This is Africa! Never thought I'd have some bug planted in my skin...but there you go!
Sorry if I grossed you out, but you know...this blog is all about life here in Ghana for me...so there's a taste of it!
When I told the kids that I thought I had gotten bitten by a spider and that it had gotten infected, they started calling me spider woman. They wanted me to "proove" that I had gotten bitten by shooting webs out of my hands. Mary Osei said that if she had gotten bitten, she would use the webs to come to my office and take all the crayons and coloring books before I would even know it. That girl is too funny!
But, this spider woman has no powers...unfortunately! If had the power to shoot webs out of my hands, I think the kids at school would be a little quieter in their classrooms for fear of the web! Oh Mary!